Senior Ruffnecks Shine in Alabama

2019 Senior Ruffnecks

The 17U Ruffnecks earned an invitation to the first Perfect Game Elite Championships in Hoover, Alabama July 17-21.  Only 32 teams from around the country were invited to attend, all with talented rosters.  Indeed, most rosters were filled with committed players to Power 5 conferences.  As a program we are humbled and grateful to have the opportunity to compete in such an event.  Indeed, the Senior Ruffnecks did not disappoint.  The squad gave a good account of themselves by winning their pool and earning the #8 seed in the Gold Bracket playoff round.  Every game was tightly played, with solid pitching, defense, and competitive at-bats.  In Game #1 the Ruffnecks faced a talented team from Louisiana.  Silas Reed pitched well in a back and forth affair.  Outfielder Kevin Skagerlind continued to establish himself as a top echelon defensive and offensive player.  He threw out the tying run at the plate to end a threat in the 5th.  Skags also went 1 for 3 with 2 stolen bases.  Raul Diaz got the game winning hit in the 6th, pushing the ‘Necks ahead 3-2.  It was all the Ruffnecks needed as Henry Gustavson pitched the final two frames with total control and effectiveness for the save.

In Game #2, lefthander Tom Chmielewski threw 5 innings against the Florida Aces, surrendering 2 runs in the 5th.  Ben Reyes came on in relief for two innings. Reyes gave up no hits and struck out three for the save in a 4-2 win.  Skagerlind continued his offensive tear by going 3 for 3.  Aidan Harrington was outstanding in the field and contributed a big hit.

Pre-Game at PG Elite - Alabama

Game #3 featured starter Seamus Barrett who was spectacular in a 2-2 tie.  Barrett went 6.2 innings, struck out 10 and gave up 4 hits.  His fastball was in the 87-90 range with an effective change and breaking ball.  The game was a “play for the pool” stakes game, and the Ruffnecks showed a ton of grit and determination.  Lucas Stowe led the way with two big hits, including a triple.  Skagerlind again delivered with an RBI single.  The defense was errorless, with several outstanding plays by Kai Grocki at 3B. The catching corps of Holt Fletcher and Raul Diaz was spectacular all tournament in the 95 heat and humidity of the Deep South.

After earning the #8 seed, the Ruffnecks faced a strong 643 DP team from Georgia.  The ‘Necks took a 3-0 lead into the top of the 7th inning behind a strong outing from Andrew Steinhubel on the mound.  The sands in the hourglass ran out in a manner only seen in the game of baseball.  Unable to get the final three outs for the win, the ‘Necks surrendered 11 runs in the top of the 7th in an 11-3 defeat.  Crazy… but baseball!  The end did not diminish the accomplishments nor did it dim the spotlight the team brought upon itself.  The event was one of the very best, most competitive baseball tournaments the program has ever attended.  Dozens of professional scouts, college coaches, and observers saw a Ruffnecks team worthy and competitive.  It was a fine finish to a demanding travel schedule for the summer of 2019, one in which the competition is outstanding.  We salute our worthy opponents!

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Ruffnecks Travel & Play Challenging Schedule

17U Team Meeting on Road

All five Ruffnecks teams are busy, experiencing the demands of a challenging summer schedule.  The youngest Ruffnecks teams (13U and 14U) have been competing against a steady diet of older competition.  The 14U Ruffnecks in particular have not faced a 14U team since the first week of June.  They have held their own in 16U and 15U tournaments throughout the New England region.  The 13U Ruffnecks have also faced older competition (15U Uncle Sam World Series) where they found that they can also compete.  The 13s won a game and played several close contests.  Both teams head to Nashville, Tennessee for the 14U CABA World Series.

At the older levels, the experience of Ruffnecks baseball is test of physical stamina for those who truly want to be baseball players.  The 15U, 16U, and 17U teams are in the midst of grueling schedules that challenge players.  40 to 50 games in a 60 day period is a lot of baseball.  The 17U Ruffnecks recently returned from a 16 day road trip through Tennessee and Georgia.  Despite a good showing in Nashville, the squad fell short of expectations in the 17U WWBA in Georgia.  After getting out to a 2-0 start, the “Seniors” dropped two close 1-run games in their pool.  Indeed, it was a balanced and talented pool.  The Senior Ruffnecks turn their attention to the Boston Invitational and the Boston Open before hitting the road again when they attend the Perfect Game Elite Championships in Hoover, Alabama.

16U Ready to Play

The 15U and 16U Ruffnecks attended the Music City Classic in Nashville, Tennessee June 25 -29.  The 15s did exceptionally well going 3-0-1.  The 16s were less successful, but prepared, practiced, and played a challenging schedule.  Both teams returned to the NEBC to compete in the 16U PG Super25 regional.  Currently, the 16U Ruffnecks are attending the Perfect Game WWBA July 4-11 in Cartersville, GA.  The challenging event consists of 7 games in Pool Play.  Only pool winners advance to the playoff rounds.  The 15U Ruffnecks head to Georgia July 11th for the only age-specific event they play all summer, the 15U WWBA.

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The Week Ahead - Notices

(Updated Sunday, Feb. 9)


Saturday, February 15
(All Ruffnecks)
9:30 to 12:00

Sunday, February 16
No Winter Workout
(Long Weekend)

Saturday, February 22
13U & 14U Practice
at Harvard University
6:30am to 9:00am

Sunday, February 23
Winter Workout #3
at Harvard University
7:00am to 9:00am
(All Ruffnecks)

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